Original Quote, in Context: “Laugh all you want: life never stops being like high school. Never. ’21 Jump Street’ is an action comedy that holds that truth to be self-evident…This bracing new take on ’21 Jump Street’ has a playful spark all its own. It’s a blast.“
Why It’s Weird:Because the ad quotes just the first half of an expression. You use the phrase “laugh all you want” as the set-up for a statement that seems laughable; something like “Laugh all you want, but ‘Mac and Me’ is better than ‘E.T.'” or “Laugh all you want but after I saw ‘Carrie’ for the first time, I actually moved a chalkboard eraser with my mind.” You don’t use it to give someone permission to laugh, but that appears to be the intention here.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I know some of you were worried about how much laughter was approrpriate while watching ’21 Jump Street.’ Some movies, after all, have laugh quotas. Especially comedies. Peter Travers assures you that is not the case here. So laugh all you want!”
Laugh all you want, but that is a weird pull quote.
This has been another installment of Weird Pull Quote Theater!